One of the first and one of the few mid-size Galapagos yachts, the Isabela II is known for its elegance, comfort and excellent service with a relaxed atmosphere. With three decks and a variety of spacious social areas, it feels like a much larger yacht, yet you receive the personalized service of a smaller vessel. The yacht is fully air-conditioned. All of the spacious cabins have private modern bathrooms complete with hair dryers. Each cabin also has a safe deposit box.
Common areas on the three decks include a dining room, bar-salon, and sun deck with comfortable lounge chairs for relaxation. Also on the sun deck is a bar with plenty of seats, a Jacuzzi, solarium, and an observation area for whale and dolphin watching. Recently a small gym has been added to the Sun Deck.
For snorkelers, the Isabela includes the use of shortie wetsuits and snorkeling gear free of charge. A glass bottom boat, as an alternative to snorkeling, allows passengers another way to view the rich Galapagos marine life. Sea kayaks offer another activity available to enthusiasts.
The library contains a large selection of reference books on Galapagos and Ecuador, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos – a very complete reference library to further enhance your experience. On board you’ll also find a gift shop, facilities for email and faxing, and a full-time medical doctor.
In the evenings, the staff of expert naturalist guides provide delightful and insightful multi-media presentations to complement what you’ve seen, as well as an explanation of the next day’s excursions. Another highlight is the stargazing program at night where you gaze at the black sky blanketed with star formations, accompanied by a naturalist guide.